Hernandez, Araujo score in 1st half, Mexico beats Costa Rica

MEXICO CITY — Javier Hernandez and Nestor Araujo scored in the first half, and Mexico overcame the absence of half a dozen players to beat Costa Rica 2-0 on Friday night in a World Cup qualifying match. Hernandez scored on a cross from Carlos Vela to…

Warriors win sixth straight, beat Kings 114-100

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry had 27 points, seven rebounds and a season-high 12 assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Sacramento Kings 114-100 on Friday night. Draymond Green added a season-best 23 points with eight assists, while Ian Clark scored 10 points to help…

Nadal advances to start bid for 1st Key Biscayne

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Rafael Nadal’s first fist pump Friday followed his second point in the Miami Open, when he kissed a forehand off the sideline to win a long rally. He accompanied the celebratory gesture with a skip in his step and then hit the…

Cracknell gets 1st hat trick, Stars beat reeling Sharks 6-1

DALLAS — Adam Cracknell got his first hat trick in seven NHL seasons and the Dallas Stars handed the San Jose Sharks their fifth straight loss, 6-1 on Friday night. Cracknell opened the scoring in the first period, capped a three-goal flurry in the second and…

Baseball: Larsen Bros. toss no-hitter for Vernon Hills

Brothers Brad and Ryan Larsen of Vernon Hills teamed up to throw an unusal no-hitter Friday in a 10-3 victory over Waukegan in nonconference baseball. Brad Larsen threw 2 innings and allowed 2 earned runs in a stint that included 3 hit-by-pitches. Ryan worked 3 innings…

Steel can’t outduel Fighting Saints

DUBUQUE, IOWA — Zach Solow recorded the game-winning goal late in the first period Friday as the Dubuque Fighting Saints (32-15-5-2, 71 pts.) defeated the Chicago Steel (34-14-2-3, 73 pts.) 3-1 at Mystique Ice Center. The goal was Solow’s USHL-leading 58th point of the season. Chicago…

Girls water polo: Fitness keys Waubonsie Valley win over Schaumburg

Often on opposite ends of the pool Friday, Waubonsie Valley junior Alex Triko and senior Nicole Conway had equally busy girls water polo performances. As goalie, Conway withstood 25 shots on goal and physically saved 16 of them. Center forward Triko collected 7 goals and 2…

Girls soccer: West Aurora handles Larkin

Last season the West Aurora girls soccer team wound up on the wrong end of games simply because it couldn’t finish its chances. That doesn’t appear to be the case this season. The formidable duo of Katharine Stephens and Riley O’Brien showed on Friday during a…

Aurora police seek suspects in video game store robbery

Aurora police are investigating the armed robbery of a video game store in the 2900 block of Kirk Road. According to the department’s Facebook page, the robbery occurred just after 6 p.m. Tuesday. Police said the suspect robbed the business at gunpoint and left with an…

One rescued after car enters College of DuPage pond

A person was rescued from a vehicle trapped in a retention pond at the College of DuPage on Friday. Lisle-Woodridge Fire District Chief Keith Krestan said the driver was removed from the vehicle by Glen Ellyn and College of DuPage police officers. He said the driver…

Softball: Burlington Central falls to Belvidere North

BELVIDERE — Making contact has been a problem for Burlington Central’s softball team in the young season. It was again Friday as the Rockets managed just 2 hits and struck out 6 times in a 5-1 loss to Belvidere North. Danielle Yurgil had both of the…

Baseball: Buffalo Grove comes back to down South Elgin

Call it a nice send-off to Florida. Playing its season opener, Buffalo Grove (1-0) rallied from a 3-run deficit for a 7-4 nonconference baseball triumph over South Elgin (0-2) Friday afternoon in South Elgin. “We’ll get a better night’s sleep tonight and roll into the trip…

Baseball: Belvidere North rallies to beat Larkin

BELVIDERE — Larkin baseball coach Matt Esterino likes the resiliency his team has shown in the opening week of the season. The Royals rallied from a 5-run deficit to take a 9-7 lead Friday against Belvidere North, but the Blue Thunder responded with 3 runs of…

Softball: Crystal Lake South routs Larkin

Trailing Larkin 3-0 after a half inning of play, Crystal Lake South softball coach Scott Busam had to be thinking it could a long day for his Gators. Busam didn’t need to worry. The Gators responded with 6 runs in the bottom of the first inning…

Buffalo Grove approves townhouse zoning at Route 22 and Prairie

Buffalo Grove trustees this week voted in favor of rezoning a property to allow the development of townhouses on a 1.05-acre site at the northeast corner of Prairie Road and Route 22. The developer, JTW Prairie Landing LLC, is under contract to acquire the property with…

White Sox starter Rodon will likely start season on DL

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Chicago White Sox scratched Carlos Rodon from his spring start Friday due to left biceps tightness, and general manager Rick Hahn said the left-hander likely would begin the season on the disabled list. Rodon also had an MRI that showed no structural…

Blackhawks’ One More Shift to honor Tony and Phil Esposito

Tony and Phil Esposito will take part in the next One More Shift promotion by the Blackhawks, the Daily Herald has learned. The Espositos are scheduled to skate out on April 2 when the Hawks play their home finale against the Boston Bruins in a nationally…

$80,000 bail for two accused in string of suburban armed robberies

A man and a woman charged with armed robberies in Des Plaines, Glenview and Schaumburg were each ordered held on $80,000 bail Friday. A third defendant, 27-year-old Ahmed Fathi, is hospitalized for unknown reasons at Chicago’s Cermak Hospital, prosecutors said. His case was held over until…

Northwestern’s magic spread far beyond locker room

The magic of the Northwestern men’s basketball team this season was well-documented by local and national media. It was Cinderella beaming in all of her glory as the Wildcats put together a school-record 24 wins and a historic run capped off by the program’s first NCAA…

Why Hossa’s role on Hawks’ third line is proving pivotal

Championship teams often need veteran players to swallow their egos and do what’s right for the club. That was the case in 2015 when Patrick Sharp played a third-line role for the Blackhawks during most of the postseason, and since mid-January, it’s been the case with…